NETWORK NEWS - March 2019, Volume III
New Network Washington Representative, Darcy Hirsh
The Washington Office of the Jewish Federations of North America recently announced that Darcy Hirsh will be joining their staff at the end of April 2019 to assume the position of Director of Government Affairs. In this role, Darcy will also serve as the Washington Representative for the Network. Darcy was most recently the Director of Virginia and D.C. Government and Community Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. In this role, she advocated before local, state, and federal government officials on issues of importance to the Jewish community including support for social services, maintaining the separation of church and state, and combating anti-Semitism and other forms of bias. We can't wait for Darcy to begin. Please join us in welcoming her.
Weinberg Foundation Supports NJHSA
The Network is pleased to announce that it has recently received a generous two-year grant in the amount of $100,000 from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland. The grant has been structured as an unrestricted operating grant to support the general operations of the Network, with the understanding that the Network plays a crucial role in enhancing the capacities of its 140-member agencies located throughout the United States, in Canada and in Israel. Read the press release here .
Network Represents at National Convening on Jewish Poverty
The Network was well represented at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation's National Convening on Jewish Poverty, with more than 30 individuals from 17 member agencies in attendance. The event took place in San Francisco earlier this month and was the first time in the Foundation’s 29-year history—a distinguished slate of national experts gathered for a series of conversations focused on addressing Jewish poverty in the United States. Learn more in If We Are Really Going To Tackle Jewish Poverty, Here Are The Questions We Need To Ask , published in the Forward and What Do We Know about Jewish Poverty in the United States ? published in eJewish Philanthropy.
The Catapult Papers – The Future of Workforce Development
The Boston Foundation recently published four Catapult Papers, authored by Jerry Rubin, CEO of JVS Boston. The Catapult Papers are a series of essays on the future of workforce development and the kinds of workforce organizations that need to be created to expand opportunity for lower-income individuals and create competitive advantages for businesses in need of workers. Based on the innovative and field-proven practices of JVS Boston’s own transition experience and produced as a partnership between JVS Boston, SkillWorks and the Boston Foundation, these four papers tackle the key features organizations will need to embrace to succeed in the changing economy. Click here to learn more about the papers and read them .
Network Co-Sponsored Initiatives and Programs
Keshet Leadership Project
Join the Network and our partner, Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, for an informational webinar about the Keshet Leadership Project. By taking part in the Keshet Leadership Project, your agency will:
Learn how to evaluate current programs, policies, and culture, and identify areas for growth in LGBTQ inclusion. Learn more here and on the April 8th webinar .
Special Live Briefings on the Israeli Elections
On April 9th, Israelis will go to the polls to decide their political future. What are the key issues, who are the main players and what will the results mean for Israel? Join The Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs for a conversation with two top Israeli journalists about these issues and more. Learn more here .
Israeli Elections 2019: Polls, Projections, and Predictions w/Haviv Rettig Gur, Israeli Journalist & Political Correspondent,
The Times of Israel | Tuesday, April 2nd - 1pm ET - REGISTER

And the Results Are In! Outcomes and Analysis of the Israeli National Election w/Lahav Harkov, Senior Contributing Editor, The Jerusalem Post
Wednesday, April 10th - 2 ET pm ET - REGISTER
Never Again (Holocaust) Education Act Sign on Letter
The Never Again (Holocaust) Education Act bill would authorize the U.S. Secretary of Education to award grants to educational entities to carry out Holocaust education programs and conduct periodic workshops to provide teachers with technical assistance on how to most effectively teach Holocaust education. Learn more about the new bill and how to act, by April 2nd .
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 
SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as "food stamps," is our nation's most important anti-hunger program. It lifts millions of people out of poverty. On February 1st, the USDA released a proposed rule to increase SNAP work requirements. JFNA and NJHSA oppose these new proposed requirements. Please join the effort to oppose the rule by filing your own comments by April 2nd
Trump Proposal Would Undermine Workforce System
The Trump Administration proposed a rule recently that would place time limits on nutrition assistance for unemployed/underemployed people who can't document a set number of work hours per week. The proposal would restrict 755,000 low-income people-including many adult and workforce training participants-from using SNAP. Make your voice heard by opposing the SNAP rule with a public comment before April 2nd.
Mental Illness 101 Webinar Series 
With rising rates of youth and young adults reporting symptoms indicative of mental health disorders, it should come as no surprise that faith communities and community leaders are contending with the reality of mental illness in their congregations and neighborhoods. In fact, one in five people in the general population experience some form of mental illness each year. In light of this reality, the HHS Partnership Center is hosting the Mental Illness 101 Webinar Series aimed at educating, equipping, and engaging communities on this often unspoken epidemic. The first webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10th - 12pm ET. Learn more here .
2019 Health & Long-Term Care Summit
Celebrating Health Innovation & Anticipating Challenges in a Turbulent Time
Washington, DC | May 7th-8th
During the two-day Summit, you can expect to walk away with a stronger base of knowledge in the following areas: 
  • A deep understanding of key legislative and administrative proposals that will impact Jewish communal providers and the consumers that they serve
  • A keen sense of how you, as a leader, can position your community to capitalize on fundamental changes to the healthcare landscape such as emerging social determinants of health and accountable care organizations 
  • A focus on public sector health funding opportunities for Jewish communal agencies
JPRO19 | What Connect Us  | Detroit, MI | August 12th-14th
JPRO19 is the seminal conference for hundreds of Jewish communal professionals from across North America to connect and reimagine what thriving Jewish institutions will look like, who will lead them, and what impact they will collectively have on the world in the 21st century. Here is some of what you will experience at JPRO19:
  • Valuable and enduring connections;
  • Powerful content drawing from Detroit’s rich local context and philanthropic leaders across the nation;
  • Targeted skill-building to help hone individual and collective leadership;
  • Restorative spaces for learning and reflection; 
  • Participant-driven discussions and workshops.
Register early for best pricing. Special rates available for groups and local delegations.
NJHSA is a proud sponsor of JPRO19.
Monday, April 8th - 1pm ET
  • Keshet Leadership Project - Information Webinar
Thursday, April 11th - 1pm ET
  • Bridging the Gap Between HIPAA and Technology 
Monday, April 15th - 3pm ET 
  • Marketing and Communications Affinity Group Call 
Tuesday, April 16th – 1pm ET
  • Signature Back Office – Complete Provider of Back Office Solutions
Tuesday, April 16th – 3:30pm EST 
  • IT Professionals Affinity Group Call
Wednesday, April 17th – 4pm ET
  • Disabilities Professionals Affinity Group Call 
Monday, April 29th – 3:30pm ET
  • COO Affinity Group Call – Staff Recruitment & Retention

**Recorded calls and presentations can be found in the Members Only section in Calls & Webinars or the Resource Library, respectively. **
New York Life Foundation - Grief Reach Grants 
The New York Life Foundation in partnership with the National Alliance for Grieving Children is excited to announce the opening of the RFP cycle for Grief Reach, a grant program that will expand capacity and increase access of bereavement services for grieving youth with local organizations. There are new changes for Grief Reach in 2019. Click here to review all the details. Deadline: July 19, 2019.
Member Highlights
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